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HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Journals

No. 68

Thursday, June 4, 2009

10:00 a.m.



Prayers
Daily Routine Of Business

Tabling of Documents

The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Report of the Information Commissioner for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Access to Information Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1, ss. 38 and 40. — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-734-02. (Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics)


The Speaker laid upon the Table, — Reports of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, pursuant to the Access to Information Act and to the Privacy Act, R.S. 1985, c. A-1 and P-21, sbs. 72(2). — Sessional Paper No. 8561-402-931-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights)


Pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) laid upon the Table, — Government responses, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), to the following petitions:

— Nos. 402-0296 and 402-0297 concerning the Employment Insurance Program. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-12-11;

— Nos. 402-0298, 402-0385 and 402-0397 concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-28-05;

— No. 402-0406 concerning the Canada Post Corporation. — Sessional Paper No. 8545-402-36-07.


Introduction of Private Members' Bills

Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), seconded by Ms. Davies (Vancouver East), Bill C-407, An Act to eliminate racial and religious profiling, was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Pursuant to Standing Orders 68(2) and 69(1), on motion of Mr. Cotler (Mount Royal), seconded by Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre), Bill C-408, An Act to amend the State Immunity Act and the Criminal Code (deterring terrorism by providing a civil right of action against perpetrators and sponsors of terrorism), was introduced, read the first time, ordered to be printed and ordered for a second reading at the next sitting of the House.


Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 18th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, be concurred in.


By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the 12th Report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, presented on Friday, May 15, 2009, be concurred in.


Presenting Petitions

Pursuant to Standing Order 36, petitions certified correct by the Clerk of Petitions were presented as follows:

— by Mr. Tweed (Brandon—Souris), three concerning the Canada Post Corporation (Nos. 402-0605 to 402-0607);

— by Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas), one concerning China (No. 402-0608);

— by Mr. Szabo (Mississauga South), one concerning police and firefighters' death benefits (No. 402-0609).


Questions on the Order Paper

Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the answers to questions Q-121, Q-134 and Q-140 on the Order Paper.


Pursuant to Standing Order 39(7), Mr. Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons) presented the returns to the following questions made into Orders for Return:

Q-124 — Mr. Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) — With regards to the New Horizons for Seniors program: (a) to which projects and to which organizations has funding been allocated from this program; (b) what is the amount pledged for each project; (c) on which dates were the funding decisions made for each project funded by the program; (d) what are the names of each federal riding that received funding from the program; and (e) what is the total for each project? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-124.


Q-125 — Mr. Bevington (Western Arctic) — With respect to the Building Canada Plan (2007-2014): (a) under the Building Canada Fund, (i) what projects have been approved for funding to date, (ii) where are they located, (iii) who are the partners involved, (iv) what is the federal contribution, (v) what are each partner's contribution, (vi) has the funding flowed; (b) under the Public-Private Partnerships Fund, (i) what projects have been approved for funding to date, (ii) where are they located, (iii) who are the partners involved, (iv) what is the federal contribution, (v) what are each partner's contribution, (vi) has the funding flowed; (c) under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, (i) what projects have been approved for funding to date, (ii) where are they located, (iii) who are the partners involved, (iv) what is the federal contribution, (v) what are each partner's contribution, (vi) has the funding flowed; (d) under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, (i) what projects have been approved for funding to date, (ii) where are they located, (iii) who are the partners involved, (iv) what is the federal contribution, (v) what are each partner's contribution, (vi) has the funding flowed; and (e) under the Provincial-Territorial Base Funding, (i) what projects have been approved for funding to date, (ii) where are they located, (iii) who are the partners involved, (iv) what is the federal contribution, (v) what are each partner's contribution, (vi) has the funding flowed? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-125.


Q-139 — Ms. Bennett (St. Paul's) — With respect to science and research, what is the government's strategy: (a) for funding health research to prevent a brain drain of qualified researchers to the United States; (b) to ensure there is increased funding for Canada’s granting councils; and (c) to ensure scientific integrity in federal policy making? — Sessional Paper No. 8555-402-139.

Government Orders

The Order was read for the third reading of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

Mr. Strahl (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians) for Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), moved, — That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.

Debate arose thereon.

Mr. Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe), seconded by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), moved, — That this question be now put.

Debate arose thereon.

Statements By Members

Pursuant to Standing Order 31, Members made statements.

Oral Questions

Pursuant to Standing Order 30(5), the House proceeded to Oral Questions.

Motions

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That this House renews its commitment to reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality both at home and abroad and supports Canadian leadership within government and civil society to work within the G8 and as partners with UN agencies and appropriate global initiatives to achieve this goal.


By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should declare the month of June as National Aboriginal History Month.

Government Orders

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Nicholson (Minister of Justice), seconded by Mr. Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform)), — That Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be now read a third time and do pass;

And of the motion of Mr. Murphy (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe), seconded by Mr. MacAulay (Cardigan), — That this question be now put.

The debate continued.

Private Members' Business

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 30(6), the House proceeded to the consideration of Private Members' Business.

The House resumed consideration of the motion of Mr. Cardin (Sherbrooke), seconded by Mr. Lessard (Chambly—Borduas), — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should reconsider its decision to eliminate the funding channelled through the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec to non-profit bodies active in the economic development sector, and reinstate their funding; (Private Members' Business M-288)

And of the amendment of Mr. Roy (Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia), seconded by Mr. Bellavance (Richmond—Arthabaska), — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “and reinstate their funding” with the words “reinstate full funding and eligibility criteria, and continue such funding beyond March 31, 2011”.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the amendment and, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), the recorded division was deferred until Wednesday, June 10, 2009, immediately before the time provided for Private Members' Business.

Returns and Reports Deposited with the Clerk of the House

Pursuant to Standing Order 32(1), papers deposited with the Clerk of the House were laid upon the Table as follows:

— by Mr. Prentice (Minister of the Environment) — Management Plan for Canso Islands and Grassy Island Fort National Historic Sites of Canada, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1012-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Prentice (Minister of the Environment) — Management Plan for St. Peters Canal and St. Peters National Historic Sites of Canada, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1013-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

— by Mr. Prentice (Minister of the Environment) — Management Plan for Halifax Citadel, Georges Island, Fort McNab, Prince of Wales Tower and York Redoubt National Historic Sites of Canada, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(1). — Sessional Paper No. 8560-402-1014-01. (Pursuant to Standing Order 32(5), permanently referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development)

Adjournment Proceedings

At 6:09 p.m., by unanimous consent, the question “That this House do now adjourn” was deemed to have been proposed.

After debate, the question was deemed to have been adopted.

Accordingly, at 6:18 p.m., the Speaker adjourned the House until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).